Childhood signs

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    Michelle M

    For people later in life that are finally accepting their gender such as myself are there signs from childhood you think could have gone unnoticed?

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      Andrea Jayne

      For me, the signs were obvious but I ignored them for so long.  Duh – I wasn’t very bright.  I loved playing with my sisters barbie dolls.  My mom would encourage this.  My mom also showed me how to put make-up and nail polish on.  She encouraged me to dress when I was bad.  So I dressed.  A lot!  I continued to dress during school, in my marriage.  Finally, I have told my wife of my cross dressing and my desire to become Andrea full time.  It is a struggle.  I am at a cross roads, but finally – after 50 years – of opening up to people including her and letting Andrea out to the world, even a little, is incredibly freeing.

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      • #91385

        For me it was wanting to wear my friends that was a girl her clothes.  Then sometimes I would sneak my moms lip gloss she never used and put it on when I was alone.  Then when I was 12 I found my moms tampons and took one and tried it.  I had to read the directions to see how to insert it.  That memory particularly sticks out because that was the most feminine thing I had ever felt.  Over time I would do it occasionally.  But being so young it was like I just enjoyed how it felt but I never processed it.  Looking bad I wish I had because I would be a lot further along then I am now.

    • #91371

      Hi, Michelle.   At 68 years old, I’ve accepted my real self as me, after years of pretending.  Personally, I knew something was amiss all my life.  I Didn’t have words or concepts to express it until I was a teenager.  I heard an underground radio station share an interview with Dr Virginia Prince, one of the pioneers in the 50s and 60s and 70s.  Back then, there was no form of support to be found, and being trans was a psychiatric disorder, so I stayed as stealthy as I could manage.   But that was the event that gave me a framework to describe who I am and to start learning about myself.

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    • #91360

      I feel like mine that started around 7 or8 I didn’t recognize then

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      Cassie Grey

      There were always signs. Most if not all were caught dressing in alternative clothes or even mentioned we wished to be the opposite gender. It was most common I’d think we got a long talk or even scolded. At that point if like myself those wishes/desires were carefully hidden .

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